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Today was one of these perfect summery days. Nursing a cup of perfectly brewed coffee on the beach with the sand between my toes. Listening to my favourite tunes in the car with the windows down. Spending hours on a rooftop terrace and having friends over to share some cold drinks. So happy that summer is just about to start…

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I love the idea of essentials. Things that really matter in your life. When browsing through oh so lovely obsessions I came across GQ’s series 10 essentials which I have almost forgotten about. Although lists like these  have a rather playful (and commercial) background, they do say quite a bit about their creators. Also it is fun to imagine my personal picks…

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So pretty: the navy kimono coat by Haider Ackermann. The spring 2013 has so many beautiful pieces one can’t help but swoon over…
If you feel like online window shopping, I can highly recommend Département Féminin. It has such a wonderful selection of designer pieces. Thank you, Audrey for reminding me that a new visit was in order.

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Love these DIY woven lamps created by bookhue. Very much tempted to give this a try. If you feel the same, you can find the instructions here.

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A few days ago I placed a little book order. I was missing some gold old offline reading and the little pile on my bedside table didn’t really spark any interest. So I did a little bit of research and came across this little gem: The Diary Of A Nose by Jean-Claude Ellena. A behind the scenes peek  into the creative process of creating a fragrance in which the “parfumeur exclusif” of the house of Hermès chronicles his travels and experiments.
What is currently on your reading list? Do you have any recommendations? I would love to hear…

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Currently very much tempted to book a direct flight to Venice. Maybe it has something to do with Peony Lim’s post Arriving to Venice. Maybe? Definitely!

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A must-see classic starring Jude Law, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. Not only the plot is brilliant, the styling is noteworthy all by itself. Button down collared shirts, classic chino trousers and black-rimmed glasses. Crisp white shirts, mid-length skirts and espadrilles. All these pieces can be filed under summer essentials.

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…summer. Wouldn’t a boat trip be fabulous? Seeing all kind of different places and spending a lot of time at sea seems so tempting right now. And if you are wondering who created this beautifully cut summer dress: Narciso Rodriguez.

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It is not that big of surprise that the looks of the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris are exhaustively documented during fashion week. The looks in question, however, could almost be described as surprising since their are bare of any attention seeking elements like unexpected colour collisions or funny head pieces. Emmanuelle Alt’s styling ideas can be easily translated, a belt tied over a coat became an actual thing last season. Her wardrobe staples are pieces that you are already wearing on a daily basis or that you could imagine easily among your favourites. Like the Isabel Marant herringbone jacket and the Cartier Tank watch.

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It has been quite a while since I talked about a series or a movie on this blog. Such a pity though since there is so much to talk about, right? The plots, the actors, the styling, the interiors…there are many, many things worth mentioning. Think The Talented Mr Ripley, Brideshead Revisited, The Godfather or Atonement. Today I would like to start sharing some of my favourites and I really hope that you are going to enjoy this new section on Definitely Golden.

Our starting point: House of Cards. Netflix did a smart move and released all 13 episodes of the political drama at once. This fact alone caused quite a stir and yet, it was not the only one. David Fincher who is known for movies such as Fight Club and The Social Network produced the pilot and with that, ventured the first time into television territory. The same goes for Kevin Spacey. He and Robin Wright are bringing Francis and Claire Underwood to life, the central couple of the series. Their all-consuming jobs (he is a congressman, she is a charity runner) define their relationship in a troubling way. It would be probably exaggerated to say that House of Cards painted the first truthful picture of a couple. But, there is surely a lot more depth and truth in their behaviour and feelings than what we are normally used to see.
So yes, the acting alone is brilliant and reason enough to give this series a go. And yet, there is more. The interiors, from the utterly perfect apartment to the most shabby one. The wardrobe of the characters, from the well cut suits to the beautifully tailored dresses. Everything has been chosen with a lot of care and attention to detail and leads to a special atmosphere which brushes slightly the dark and at the same time touches at the most luxurious.

Needless to say that I’m awaiting the next season with bated breath.

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